As communication moves further and further into a digital medium, it's smart to keep some
E-mail safety and security practices in mind.
Safety vs. convenience:
Configure your email software to prompt for your password instead of saving the password. (Visit this page for tips on setting strong passwords).
Be careful what you send.
Don’t send sensitive information like credit card numbers and social security numbers through email without encrypting the email.
Don't accept attachments from strangers.
If you receive an e-mail from a stranger, tread carefully. If you receive an e-mail from a stranger with an attachment, it's probably best to delete it.
Show discernment when opening attachments from people you know.
If you receive an email from a colleague or friend with an attachment, first consider whether you were expecting an attachment. To be safe, email the person to ask if they sent you an attachment.
Learn how to manage spam.
Check links before you click them.
Particularly if the email pertains to account verification or security.This goes for e-mails from unknown senders and from companies you deal with. Some e-mail clients will display the complete link URL if you move your mouse over the link in the message, either in a small pop-up window or in a display at the bottom of the browser window. If that address is not the same as the link or doesn't match the company the e-mail is supposedly from, don't click on it.
Clear messages which contain sensitive information from your account as often as possible.